Every diet program has a maintenance plan. And while you are working to lose weight and grow more fit, why not take a few minutes to think through your maintenance program now? Or if youíre ready to take a temporary or permanent break from dieting, how about starting your maintenance plan this week?
If you arenít going to follow somebody elseís plan, then youíll need to figure out your own. It really helps to write down your intentions, your design, create for yourself a little set of operating instructions. How will you maintain your good health, your healthy weight, once youíve reached it? How are you planning to get in your regular exercise? How many meals, and when will you have them, and what sorts of food will you eat?
Does this maintenance plan sound suspiciously like a diet plan? Sure it does. Thatís what maintaining something as complex and wondrous as a human body takes. Thatís what your body and you deserve. You deserve diligent and constant attention to the upkeep of your miraculous body. Every day. Forever. Anybody whoís succeeded at keeping their weight off will tell you so.
These people who are successful at maintenance wonít say theyíre perfect. They wonít say they donít sometimes eat off plan. They will admit that a whole week may slip by every so often when they get hardly any good sweat in at all. But for the most part, they average lots of exercise and careful monitoring of their food, and plan to keep it up until they drop.
Now is a good time to accept it: Mindful maintenance of your good health is not something you start and stop. You donít go off maintenance. Maintenance is what you do for the duration. Itís there for you to accomplish every day. You maintain by brushing your teeth, washing your surfaces, dressing to manage the weather and your environment, getting your exercise, and eating just enough of many different kinds of nourishing foods. And it doesnít hurt to take a few vitamins and minerals too.
If you donít have a clue about what your body will need, then make a plan for finding out. Consider a nutrition class, a cooking class, an exercise class or two. Will you join the local gym? Buy a few books? Figure out how you will learn to maintain your body first, and then use what youíve learned to make a plan later.
Just get out that body log or journal and answer the question: Whatís it going to be like, your life on the other side of your weight loss?